Sunday, April 15, 2018

Limekiln Mountain Loop

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy (TMI) Trail: Red blaze
Limeklin Mountain Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 0:50 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.6 Miles

Pros: Quiet region of Harriman, excellent views
Cons: Former TMI Trail is difficult

I had little time, and this is a great hike with an excellent view in under an hour. The weather was exceptionally cold for mid-April, and I needed my coat and winter hat. I parked at the TMI Trailhead, on Diltzes Road, and took the trail past the Power Lines and through the notch in the Ramapo Escarpment. I then continued along the formed route of the TMI Trail as the trail headed up the mountain to the south, alongside the brook. This former trail route has become overgrown with fallen trees and I found it to be more difficult, perhaps because of the recent storms that downed trees and branches.

Where the path bends further south, I did a bushwack up the northern part of the notch, bending over to the Limekiln Mountain Trail and meeting up with it right before the vista. The vista at Limekiln is excellent; it faces south with much of Rockland County in view. I then took the unblazed but clearly recognizable Limeklin Mountain Trail down the mountain, back to the TMI Trail and back to my car.

Map of the Route

Hikers Trailhead Parking

Path next to the Power Lines

View from the Top of Limekiln Mountain

View with the Trees Starting to Bud

View from the View Facing East

View Facing South

Same View, Zoomed Out

View of Lake Ramaquois and Rockland County Suburbia

Close up of Ramapo Lake

View Facing Northeast

Me at the View

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